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TIJS Graduate Student Awards for Travel, Research, Study, and Professional Development - Academic Year 2012-2013 and Summer 2013



The Tam Institute for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce that there will be two rounds of applications in the 2012-2013 academic year for TIJS Graduate Student Awards for Travel, Research, Study, and Professional Development. In addition to our regular funding opportunities for summer, another round of awards is available for needs that arise during the academic year.

Grants for both the academic year and summer are awarded on a competitive basis. The academic year grants are for work conducted between September 2012 and May 2013 (support may be applied retroactively if work or activity has already been completed, but awardee must submit receipts for relevant expenses). Summer grants are for work that will be conducted between May and August 2013. Grants will generally not exceed $2,000 and will normally be significantly smaller. Eligible recipients include all Emory PhD students, pre- or post-candidacy, whose work has a significant connection to Jewish studies, broadly defined, but preference will be given to TIJS-affiliated graduate students, students enrolled in the TIJS Graduate Certificate Program, or students working with a member of the TIJS core faculty.

TIJS grants are meant to supplement other sources of funding available to graduate students. Therefore, all applicants must have applied for funding from the Laney Graduate School’s Professional Development Fund, their home department or program, or an outside funding agency (or be in the process of doing so where applicable).

Applications for the academic-year cycle were due in the TIJS office by noon on Friday, November 2, 2012. The deadline for summer applications is Friday, March 22nd, 2013. Applications should include:

  • a project proposal, not to exceed 750 words, including a description of your project or other funded activity and its significance, a statement of the relevance of your project or activity to Jewish Studies, and a statement of the centrality of your proposal to your ability to complete your PhD or to advance your professional career. In the case of a research project or course of language study, you must explain your concrete plans for undertaking the work (divided into individual stages in case your entire budgetary need cannot be met), the feasibility of your plans (accessibility of materials, interview subjects, etc.), and your capacities and competences for carrying out the project successfully. For applications seeking funding for conference attendance, be sure to note whether you are presenting at the conference, and whether your proposal has been accepted.
  • a very brief summary – not to exceed two sentences – of your project proposal, including an abbreviated description of your project or other funded activity, its significance, and its relevance to Jewish Studies. This means a succinct sentence or two summarizing the actual project, with an even shorter phrase about why it is JS-fund-worthy. In other words, give us the bottom line, in a sentence or two: what do you plan to do with the money? For example: “attend a conference in <location> on <subject> to <present/research/network…> on <topic> for <significance>.”
  • a one-page budget and a justification of each expenditure (if air travel is involved, list the website from which you’ve accessed airfares and the date you accessed them);
  • a statement of how you would use the funding if given less than the sum for which you have applied to TIJS, or how you will make up the shortfall;
  • a list of the agencies (internal and external) from which you have applied for funding for this project or activity, the amounts for which you have applied, and the amounts you have been awarded, where known;
  • a letter from your doctoral advisor containing evidence that he or she has reviewed your plans and your budget and supports your proposed plans (may be submitted directly by the advisor to the e-mail address below).

Successful applicants will be asked to submit to Mary Jo Duncanson a 300-word report on how they used the funds and how those funds helped advance the award recipient's research or training.

Submit completed applications via e-mail to Mary Jo Duncanson, TIJS graduate coordinator, at You may also contact her for additional information and questions.





Summer 2013

Marian Broida (GDR), attend an intensive language-learning session in modern Hebrew in Jerusalem, and gain access to artifacts possibly related to divination, a research area connected to my dissertation.
Carrie Crawford (History), attend Yiddish Institute's Summer Program at Vilnius University to acquire proficiency in Yiddish language and gain a deeper understanding of Jewish history and culture.
Ashley (Kayliph) Crump (History), attend European Sephardi Jewish Culture Study Abroad Program
Zobida Dat (Linguistics, Sociology), attend European Sephardi Jewish Culture Study Abroad Program
Rachel Duboff (Jewish Studies, History), attend European Sephardi Jewish Culture Study Abroad Program
Stephen Germany (GDR), attend the SBL International Meeting in St. Andrews, Scotland in order to present a paper that compares the representation of ritual practice in ancient Near Eastern art and in the Hebrew Bible.
Sahil Gilani (Religion, Political Science), attend European Sephardi Jewish Culture Study Abroad Program
Mark Goldfeder (GDR, Law), travel to give one conference paper on Jewish law and ethics at the Columbia University Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies Young Scholars Conference, one series of scholarly lectures on Jewish law for the Jewish community in Nebraska, and to do a week of hands on research and training in modern Jewish law at the Beth Din of America.
Anna Goodwin (Jewish Studies), attend European Sephardi Jewish Culture Study Abroad Program
Brianna Poovey (Linguistics), attend European Sephardi Jewish Culture Study Abroad Program
Alivia Sahl (Jewish Studies, Political Science), attend European Sephardi Jewish Culture Study Abroad Program
Jason Schulman (History), conduct dissertation research for my project, The Limits of Liberalism: Reconsidering American Jewish Politics, at libraries at Yale University, Harvard University, and the University of Chicago
Ariel Svarch (History), present a paper in a seminar from Tel Aviv University on popular culture and Jewish-Argentine identity. I will also conduct research on Jewish Argentina at the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People in Jerusalem. These opportunities will allow me to understand Jewish-Argentines in a transnational perspective.
Magenta Williams (Art History, Italian), attend European Sephardi Jewish Culture Study Abroad Program

Academic Year 2012-2013 (awarded Fall 2013)

Carrie Crawford (History), visit archives in New Orleans, LA, to research the Jewish response to Italian immigrant lynchings during the 1890s in order to illuminate a previously unexplored aspect of the southern Jewish experience
Cory Driver (Graduate Division of Religion), attend a conference in Morocco on Judeo-Moroccan Memory and present work on Jewish magic and Hebrew language as crucial parts of folk-Islam in the Atlas Mountain
Mark Goldfeder (Law School), travel to give two talks on Jewish law and its interaction with society: 10th Annual Conference of the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion and Ethics at the Pepperdine School of Law, and to the University of Padua, to give a visiting lecture to the students on the topic of Building the Jewish State; An Orthodox Jewish Law Perspective on Israeli Constitutionalism
Samira Mehta (Graduate Division of Religion), presentations and conversations with publishers at two conferences: American Academy of Religion and Association for Jewish Studies to further her research agenda in contemporary American Jewish history
Jason Schulman (History), attend three conferences: American Society for Legal History (St. Louis, MO), Association of Jewish Studies (Chicago, IL), and American Historical Association (New Orleans, LA) to network with scholars in Jewish Studies and History, hear the latest research in Jewish Studies and interdisciplinary studies, and become familiar with how these conferences operate


Academic Year 2011-2012 (awarded Spring 2012)

Nicole Baerg (Political Science), hire an Israeli research assistant to code all relevant newspaper articles in two Israeli newspapers
Ira Bedzow (Graduate Division of Religion), TAG Research Centre / Action Research Group meeting in London
Jason Schulman (History), four conferences: Association of Jewish Studies, Washington, DC; American Historical Association, Chicago, IL; Comparative Literature Conference, Long Beach, CA; and Association for Law, Culture and the Humanities, Fort Worth, TX


Summer 2012

Ryan Bonfiglio (Graduate Division of Religion), examination of Achaemenid minor art collection at the archive of Persepolis Fortification Tablets at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago; attend Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Chicago
Michael Chan (Graduate Division of Religion), research at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and participation in a Hebrew Bible conference at the same location
Carrie Crawford (History), examining correspondence, newspapers, public records, and meeting minutes at Charleston’s Jewish Heritage Collection
Cory Driver (Graduate Division of Religion), five weeks in Morocco to do site development and identify resources for dissertation research, conduct oral interviews with Jewish and Muslim Amazigh Moroccans, and visit archive(s)
Zev Farber (Graduate Division of Religion), summer dig at Bar-Ilan University’s archaeology program in Tel Eton
Stephen Germany (Graduate Division of Religion), delivering paper (“Did the Achaemenids Impose a Change in the Sacrificial Cult at the Judean Temple at Elephantine?”), at “The Other Temples” conference in Dublin, Ireland, organized by the Irish Society for the Study of the Ancient Near East
Henry Huberty (Candler School of Theology), participate in excavations at Khirbet Summeily, sponsored by the Cobb Institute of Archaeology at Mississippi State University, to research domestic contexts in Judean Iron Age II strata at this small site in the northern Negev
Michael Karlin (Graduate Division of Religion), five-day research trip to New York City to do preliminary archival research at the archives of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Yeshiva University, meet with Jewish leaders such as Rabbi Efraim Mintz of the Jewish Leadership Institute and Rabbi Jay Moses of the Wexner Foundation
Katherine Maples (Candler School of Theology), participate in a one-month program in Ostia, Italy, with Dr. Michael White from the University of Texas on his excavation of a Greco-Roman synagogue
Jason Schulman (History), utilize papers held at the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College, Harvard University to conduct research
Nehemia Stern (Graduate Division of Religion), continuing ethnographic research of religious Zionism in Israel
Ariel Svarch (History), travel to London to obtain the means to survey the British National Archives and gain access to these sources



Michael Chan (Candler School of Theology), deliver paper at Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting in London, England
Nehemia Stern (Graduate Division of Religion), ethnographic fieldwork in Israel: "Passions and Piety: An Ethnography of Contemporary Religious Zionism in Israel"
Ira Bedzow (Candler School of Theology), research and interview colleagues on topics of study; present paper at Shalem Center's conference "Philosophical Investigation of the Hebrew Bible, Talmud and Midrash"
Jason Schulman (History), research at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC: "Jewish Lawyers Out of Bounds"
Craig Perry (History), Geniza research and paper presentation at the biennial meeting of the Society for Judaeo-Arabic Studies (SJAS), Cambridge, England
Amanda Davis (Candler School of Theology), Intensive Hebrew Ulpan, University of Haifa’s International School
John Quant (Graduate Division of Religion), International Center of Septuagint Research at the Septuaginta Summer School, University of Göttingen, Germany
Zev Farber (Graduate Division of Religion), summer dig in Tel Eton w/ Professor Avraham Faust (Bar‐Ilan University)



Zev Farber (Graduate Division of Religion), present paper at Colloquium Biblicum Loveniense in Leuven, Belgium: study with Prof. Binyamin Tsedakah at the A.B. Institute of Samaritan Studies in Holon, Israel
Nate Hofer (Graduate Division of Religion), research in the National Library of Egypy in Cairo, Egypt
Craig Perry (History), tutoring in modern academic Hebrew in Atlanta, GA
Nehemia Stern (Graduate Division of Religion), preliminary field work exploring possible sites for ethnographic research in Israel
Ariel Svarch (History), intensive Yiddish language training in New York or Tel Aviv



Samira Mehta (Graduate Division of Religion), research trip to Philadelphia
Craig Perry (History), participation in the intensive summer Arabic program at Middlebury College
Ariel Svarch (History), research trip to Buenos Aires


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